Skip to main content
Publish date:

After benching, Maya Moore hits game-winner to lead Lynx over Liberty

It's Maya Moore, what else would you expect?

Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve was so unhappy with the way Maya Moore was playing Friday night in New York that she benched her with five minutes left in the game. 

But when Reeve called Moore's name with about a minute to go, Moore delivered by hitting the game-winning 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play. 

The Lynx were trailing 72-71 before Moore's go-ahead, game-winning shot, and they won by a score of 78-72. 

"I thought she was awful in the stretch when we subbed her out" Reeve said, via "She didn't have legs and didn't look good. Probably sat her longer than I ordinarily would. I had to resist very strongly not to put her back in because, you know it's Maya Moore. We waited until exactly the right time."

Moore finished with 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting. 

As for being benched: "I didn't pout, stayed engaged," said Moore. 

Today's Top Stories

Eagle whisperer James Paxton wins pitcher's duel against Fernando Romero

Tornado touches down in southern Minnesota

Seimone Augustus had her best scoring game of the young season, leading the Lynx with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting. 

Fresh off the 18th 20-20 game in league history, Sylvia Fowles posted another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. 

Minnesota also got a great effort off the bench from backup point guard Danielle Robinson, who finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. 

Up next, the Lynx continue their road trip Sunday at 2 p.m. against the Washington Mystics. 

Next Up

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.

brian ingram

Woodfired Cantina closes at Keg and Case in St. Paul

Restaurateur Brian Ingram is focusing on growing his other concepts.

giant bear

Video: 'THE fattest bear we have ever seen' spotted on MN trail camera

"This might be THE fattest bear we have ever seen in our area," researchers said.

u.s. attorney

Guilty plea from man who stockpiled guns, equipment to make bombs, drugs

Prosecutors say he had multiple guns, items to make weapons and pipe bombs, and lab equipment to make drugs.

polaris Ranger XP Kinetic

Here is Polaris' new electric Ranger off-road vehicle

The Minnesota-based company unveiled the electric UTV on Wednesday.


MN women's soccer team narrows name, logo options to final 3

The winning nickname and logo will be announced in January.


Jordan Brand unveils giant Maya Moore billboard in Minneapolis

Moore posed the same way Michael Jordan did in a famous Nike poster.

Maya Moore: 'I will not be playing professional basketball this year'

She wants to spend time with family and pursuing ministry dreams.